Notably absent from the Season 5 premiere, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) made her return to “Game of Thrones” Sunday in episode 2, “The House of Black and White.” Fans were excited to check back in with the character, now across the Narrow Sea in Braavos. Arya’s trip to the new region brought her to the House of Black and White -- a foregone conclusion from the show’s trailers and the episode title -- and with the reappearance of Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) comes an element of surprise.
Though the regular television audience was surprised to see Jaqen again, his return was even more shocking for readers of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. While Arya does end up at the House of Black and White in the books to begin training with the Faceless Men -- a religious fraternity of assassins in Braavos -- Jaqen never made another appearance. In the TV version, the character greets Arya at the House of Black and White’s doors – albeit in the form of an elderly man. Later, after chasing away muggers attempting to rob Arya in an alley, Jaqen changes his face and reveals his identity to his old friend. The two had not met since the Season 2 finale.
Tom Wlaschiha, the actor who plays Jaqen, told Entertainment Weekly Monday what his character’s role will be now that he has reappeared on the scene.
“I thought it would be fun to start the new season with a different vibe. Even though [Arya has] found him, she’s grown up and is much more conscious in her choices. So he is going to teach her, as promised, but he is not going to make it easy for her,” said Wlaschiha. “We will learn different sides of Jaqen and how the whole group at the [House of Black and White] works.”
What will happen in the House of Black and White between Jaqen and Arya? Fans -- even ones who have read the books -- will have to wait to find out. “Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.